One of the common ailments in both men and women that is the least discussed is urinary incontinence. When a person’s control over the urinary sphincter gets weak or lost, the person urinates involuntarily and this condition is known as urinary incontinence. Although it is a common problem in many people, they usually don’t like to discuss with others and even neglect to go to the doctor either because they don’t understand its severity or because they find it embarrassing to discuss with the doctor. This health condition is seen more in elderly people and women as compared to men.
Types of Urinary Incontinence:
To understand the complications and remedies of urinary incontinence which is a symptom but not a disease in itself, it is essential to understand the types of urinary incontinence that are common among people.
- Stress incontinence: This kind of condition is experienced when your bladder is under stress due to coughing, sneezing, exercising, lifting heavy objects, or even laughing. This type of condition is more common in women and usually is a result of weakened pelvic muscles.
- Urge incontinence: This condition is experienced when the patient has an intense urge to urinate and there is involuntary leakage of urine even before one gets to the toilet. This is more common in aged people and may be a symptom of kidneys or bladder infection.
- Overflow incontinence: In this type of condition, there is constant or frequent leakage of urine in small quantities because of a bladder that doesn’t get emptied totally. Generally, this is more common in men because of the prostate gland issues.
- Functional incontinence: This type of condition is because of a physical or mental impairment that creates troubles in getting to the toilet even when the person has normal control over urination.
- Mixed incontinence: This type of incontinence is a combination of the above-mentioned types.
Causes of Urinary Incontinence:
Urinary incontinence is a symptom of other health conditions or ailments. There can be several causes for losing control over urination.
- Some food items, drinks or medicines can stimulate the bladder and increase urine volume causing urinary incontinence in some people. Alcohol, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, carbonated drinks, chocolates, spicy food, items that have excess sugar; medicines related to some ailments are few things that result in urinary incontinence.
- Health conditions like urinary tract infection and constipation can also result in the condition.
- In women, pregnancy and childbirth can weaken muscles that control the bladder leading to the condition.
- Aging can reduce the bladder’s storage capacity and cause urinary incontinence.
- Menopause and surgeries related to a woman’s reproductive organs can also lead to this condition.
- In men, prostate cancer and enlarged prostate can lead to this condition.
- Other health ailments like tumours in the urinary tract and neurological disorders may also result in urinary incontinence in some people.
Some factors like being overweight, smoking and having a family history of urinary incontinence can increase the risk of this condition in many.
Urinary incontinence can sometimes lead to further complications like skin problems and urinary tract infections besides impacting the personal life of the patient drastically. This condition causes a lot of stress in the patient thereby affecting the social and personal relationships. This condition is a sensitive issue and needs to be addressed both in the physical and emotional aspects. Since homeopathy treats a person in totality rather than a symptom, it is the best remedy for a patient dealing with this condition. Remedies like Natrum muriaticum, Apis, Sepia, Nux vomica, Causticum, etc. can be administered to patients depending upon the causes and other related symptoms along with the body constitution and patient medical history.